Visitors to the Whole Foods Market in the Galleria area on Aug. 20 got a lesson in making their own natural exfoliate hand scrub and pesto while also helping out the University of Houston.
As part of Whole Food Market’s commitment to the community, individual stores host community giving days once a quarter, donating 5 percent of net sales to different local non-profits. On that particular day, a portion of the sales from the store at 1700 Post Oak Blvd. was earmarked for two programs at the University of Houston: the campus community garden and Shasta’s Culinary Workshop.
Representatives from the University of Houston were present throughout the day to talk to visitors and engage with them about sustainability issues and programs taking place at UH. The Office of Sustainability, which manages the campus garden, hosted an “Herbs to Heal: Make Your Own Scrubs” demonstration.
The UH Department of Health and Human Performance was represented by nutrition students from its Shasta’s Culinary Workshop. Shasta’s is a student-run cafe on campus, where nutrition students learn commercial food production in a commercial kitchen setting. Representatives hosted an “Herbs to Eat: Make Your Own Pesto” demonstration.